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FIFA WC Qualifiers 2022: India ready to take on Asian Champions Qatar

Highlights

  • India will clash against hosts Qatar in their second 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers match at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha on September 10.
  • Midfielder Amarjit Singh on Monday said that in football, 'it is all about those 90 minutes'.
  • "I understand Qatar are labelled as 'Spain of Asia,' and that too for a reason. They are a very good team." he added.

Ahead of India’s crucial 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers contest against the reigning AFC Asian champions Qatar, midfielder Amarjit Singh on Monday said that in football, ‘it is all about those 90 minutes’.

“In football, it’s all about those 90 minutes. Nothing else matters. A year back, did anyone ever think that Qatar would be Asian champions? But they have overcome powerhouses like Japan, Australia, Iran, and the Korean Republic. That was quite unthinkable,” All India Football Federation (AIFF) quoted Singh.

Having sustained an elbow injury, Singh missed India’s matches against Oman and Qatar. Moreover, he is in a race against time to get up and running for India’s match against Bangladesh on October 15. The footballer has been undergoing rehabilitation for a period of 6-8 weeks.

“So, there’s no reason to believe we can’t. I understand Qatar are labelled as ‘Spain of Asia,’ and that too for a reason. They are a very good team. But on the field, no history matters. It’s about fighting face to face, for the ball, and with the ball,” he said.

“We need to be mentally strong, and not get overawed playing them at their home. I repeat, it isn’t easy, but it isn’t impossible either,” Singh added.

It is Amarjit’s this attitude that was the hallmark of the India U17 World Cup squad, the Indian Arrows as well as the India U19 National Team.

The captain Sunil Chhetri is aware of the same too. “Amarjit is a livewire. He is somebody who is so honest. If you tell him that you need to punch the wall for three hours, three hours later, when you come back, you will still see him punching it. He has been a standout performer in the last 3-4 games for us. I really hope he recovers soon,” Chhetri said.

India will clash against hosts Qatar in their second 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers match at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium, Doha on September 10.

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